In recent years much interest and research have been conducted focusing on the relation between sleep and health. Studies have shown that a good night’s sleep can help individuals maintain a healthy weight, diet, improve physical performance, and more. On the flip side, a lack of sleep can put them at risk of heart disease, diabetes, and a weaker immune system. (1, 2)
History of Napping
Most Americans would associate napping with an activity for toddlers or small children. For ages, mothers and teachers alike have put kids to sleep in the middle of the day for a couple of hours, so they don’t get cranky or tired, stopping this napping routine at some point later in their childhood. However, in other countries, adults and kids alike practice daily napping… sometimes called “siesta” in Spanish.
Although siesta is mainly associated with Spain, it is also fairly common practice in Latin America, Mediterranean countries, and places like Israel and Nigeria. This two-to-three-hour mid-day break is practiced a few times a week to every day in some cases.
Some scholars believe that the origins of napping go back to the Romans when they created a break in the hottest part of the day for workers, as most of them were performing tasks outdoors. Later on, becoming very common in hot climate places.
Benefits of Napping
Nowadays, with the introduction of air conditioners, conducting work activities indoors, and longer commutes, a nap in the middle of the day seems impractical. However, recent research has shown beneficial effects related to napping, such as:
- Regular napping can reduce the risk of coronary disease and heart attack by up to 37%. (3)
- A midday power nap (up to 30 minutes) can improve cognitive performance, increase your alertness and make you feel refreshed. (4)
- Taking regular siestas may prevent obesity. One study showed that short-sleepers (who slept less than the seven recommended hours ) saw their risk of obesity decrease 33% with daily 30 minute naps. (5)
- Napping it may reduce stress levels.
Also, to enhance the benefits of napping it is recommended to avoid caffeine after morning hours, to set the alarm to avoid oversleeping, find a comfortable spot to nap, and wear earplugs or an eye mask if possible.
Because of the increasing popularity of napping research, a company named Eachnight was created, which focuses on sleep research. Eachnight gives people a clear understanding of how sleep works. Its advantages, and helpful tips on enhancing the beneficial effects of napping into everyday life, has launched a request to hire five nap reviewers.
These nap reviewers will be asked to nap every day for 30 days straight and report on their experience. The study is aiming to gather essential data to be later analyzed to evaluate the pros and possible cons of daily napping practice.
To apply for the nap reviewer position, applicants should be over 18 years old and submit their applications by May 31st 2021 here: https://eachnight.com/sleep-studies/get-paid-to-nap/. The chosen participants will be paid $50 per nap or $1,500 for the whole month.